tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC November 29, 2011 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
prescription drug in history. the price will plunge. is the quality the same? power ball puzer will. the mystery about who really won the quarter million jackpot. was it really these guys? and made in america. should all our christmas spending go to china? what if we just buy one gift made by americans here at home? how many jobs could we create right here? good evening. a judge in los angeles erupted in anger today at doctors who compromise themselves to patients. the judge in the michael jackson case sentenced dr. conrad murray to four years behind bars for his role in jackson's death. and blasted him as a disgrace to medicine. abc's jim avila has covered this case from the beginning. >> reporter: conrad murray
leaving court for nearly two years in los angeles county jail. blow kisses to his mother and girlfriend. but he had none for the judge, who had just sentenced him to the maximum for killing michael jackson. >> i thought he was open ll lly hostile. >> reporter: judge michael pastor became the story today, not just for rejecting conrad murray's plea for probation and instead sentencing michael jackson's former doctor, seen in today's booking photo to four years, no electronic monitoring or house arrest, a judgment that because of jail overcrowding is automatically cut in half. but because of that harsh tone in which that judgment was dealt. >> dr. murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine. >> reporter: judge pastor called conrad murray a disgrace to the medical profession who performed a medical experiment on michael jackson that killed his part. and even with his
medical license taken away he remains a danger to society. especially since he refuses to accept any responsibility for his actions. >> yikes. talk about blaming the victim. not only isn't there any remorse, there's outrage. >> reporter: the jackson family, on hand as they were throughout the trial, thanked the judge for handing down the stiffest sentence possible, but said it is not enough. >> four years is not enough for someone's life. it won't bring him back but at least he got the maximum. >> reporter: michael jackson's children were not in court, but they were heard from, quoted as saying that they lost their father, their best friend and they play mate. in a final story from jackson's daughter, paris, who was quoted as saying at the hospital where she watched her father slip away, i just want to go with him. diane? >> thanks so much, jim avila. and now we move onto big news in the election, and the campaign of republican herman
cain and the brink tonight. he soared to the top of the republican race with confidence, charm and a simple idea, 9-9-9. well, tonight, cain is deciding whether to bow out of their new allegation of a long-time affair. so, what happens next? and who stands to gain if he goes? here's abc's jon karl. >> reporter: faced with new sexual allegations and a campaign in free fall, herman cain says he could drop out of the presidential race. in a conference call today, cain told his staff -- >> this is cause for reassessment. we have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud in some peoples' minds. >> reporter: new allegations come from an atlanta woman named ginger white, who says she had a 13-year affair with cain. >> i was aware he was married. >> reporter: cain adamantly denies the affair and just yesterday said he'll stay in the
race. >> as long as my wife is behind me and as long as my wife believes i should stay in this race, i am staying in this race. >> reporter: today, newt gingrich said he feels sorry for cain. >> my heart goes out to them. i hope he reaches whatever is the right decision for him. >> you see all these cameras following me around? >> reporter: it's been a campaign roller coaster for cain. when we sat down with him in the spring, he was the pizza guy. by october, cain shot to the top. >> i feel pretty good today. >> reporter: his economic plan dominating the campaign. >> 9-9-9 plan. >> reporter: then came the harassment allegations. four separate women. >> and he put his hands on my leg. >> reporter: even more damaging to cain was this interview with a milwaukee newspaper. >> so, you agreed with president obama on libya or not? >> reporter: he seemed utterly unable to answer. >> okay, libya -- >> reporter: steadily sliding in the polls, in the last debate, he only broke through when he manage med the moderator's name. >> no, blitz, that's
oversimplifying it. i'm sorry, blitz, i meant wolf, okay? blitz, wolf? >> reporter: on a call this morning, cain said the allegations have taken an emotional toll on himself and on his family. but he said he will go forward with his campaign schedule in the next several days as he completes his assessment whether he will continue his campaign. >> all right, jon, thanks. as you said, a big roller coaster ride it has been. and george stephanopoulos joins us now. can he bounce back, george? >> reporter: no, i think this is it. jon just said, there are a lot of problems cain said. i also learned today that the staff he's been talking to have been putting out feelers to other campaigns. there are just too many questions about his honesty, his judgment, his experience, his organization. even if he stays in, he's not going to be a factor. >> and the convention am wisdom is his supporters will probably go to newt gingrich. are they right? >> reporter: certainly in iowa. this is going to give a big boost to newt gingrich in iowa, that important first youcaucus
state. our polling says his supporters are split between gingrich and mitt romney. this is an opening for michele bachmann, rick santorum, rick perry. can they get back in the race? it's their last chance. >> all of them watching, too. thanks so much, george. and now, we go overseas and an echo from america's past. iranian students storm the british embassy in tehran, burning flags, tossing documents from windows, scaling walls, even hauchling away a poster of the movie "pulp fiction." protesting british support of sanctions leveled because of iran's nuclear program. the scene nearly identical to that day in 1979 when hard liners stormed the u.s. embassy, launching the hostage crisis. there were no hostages taken this time. and now, we turn to healthy living. it's the prescription drug equivalent of an earthquake. lipitor, the best-selling drug
ever, goes generic at midnight tonight. and it will be a huge loss in profits for the company that makes it, pfizer, but big savings for the 8.7 million americans who take it. abc's health and medical editor dr. richard besser is right here with us. so, how much savings on average for the person taking lipitor? >> reporter: it's a lot and it starts tomorrow. most patients pay $30 to $50 every month for lipitor. that's going to drop to an average of $10 a month. enormous drop. and in six months there's going to be more companies making the generic form. it may drop to $4 a month. we're going to see people being switched over. >> but generic ingredients are not always exactly the same as the name brand. is this just as effective and is it safe? >> reporter: well, i'm a big fan of generics. when a lot of people think about generics, they think about products in the supermarket, spaghetti sauce. generic drug, the active ingredient has to be identical
there may be fillers that are different, but for most patients, it will make no difference whatsoever. >> okay, dr. richard besser, this is big, as we said. and we turn from lipitor to another venerable american brand, american airlines filing for bankruptcy today. a quarter of a million people fly the airline daily, and we know that you have questions, so, we set out to answer some of them. first of all, will your tickets and frequent flyer miles be honored? the answer, from the airline, is yes. will routes change? most likely, but historically, the smaller steps lose some service first. and finally, will american cut corners on safety, they say no. that the airline will still meet government standards just as it always have. the airline workers will be hardest it. cuts in pay and benefits are likely. and the countdown has begun. four weeks until christmas. and guess who is really excited
about what's under your tree? china. which makes billions of dollars off of u.s. christmas shopping. so, our made in america team sprang into action, looking at what economists say we can do, if every american spends just $64, you know that number, on a present made right here at home this christmas. just one present. we could create 200,000 american jobs. so, abc's anchor and team captain david muir is here now, laying out his challenge. >> reporter: we hope this will be fun, diane. very simple. just think at home, one holiday gift this year, made in america. with the holiday shopping season here, so is made in america. we're back out today with the simple question for shoppers. i'm david muir with abc. >> i know. >> reporter: and it turned out, they knew what we were going to ask before we even asked it. >> reporter: where was this made? >> china. i know, i know, i know your show. i know. >> reporter: and there was andrew, and those sweaters he
bought for the family. where? >> china. >> reporter: and he bought a wine air ray or the already wrapped by the store. he's hoping its american. and so are exists, because after all, the average american spends $700 on holiday gifts every year. >> what would you like for christmas? >> reporter: chances are it's not something made in america. but it wasn't always this way. in the 1960s, nine out of every ten products americans bought for the holidays were made in america. today, it's less than half. in other words, more than half of what we buy for the holiday is foreign-made. ♪ so, after nearly a year of our made in america journey, from new york to texas, minnesota to montana, tonight a new number. did you know the average american spends $700 on christmas or holiday gifts? and remember what we heard from economists? just $64 of that, less than ten 10%, is all it would take to create those 200,000 jobs. so where will you spend your money this year? here? on a toy train we found made in indiana? or the train that costs the
same, made in china. because it's not santa's elves making the toys. it's the exploding middle class in china. and we're paying them. last christmas, americans spent $5.1 billion on holiday toys from china. you know that andy williams song, "it's the most wonderful time of the year." is that true for china, too? >> it's absolutely true. we are giving gifts of billions of dollars to china over the holiday season and they're loving it. >> $1.7 million products. >> reporter: this in this market alone? >> yes. >> reporter: our tour through yiwu, china -- more than 1 million products ready to be shipped back to the united states. the balls, the balloons, the babies. >> say mommy. >> say daddy. >> you're not my father. >> reporter: and down this hallway right here? even santa claus, made in china. we all know that some of the things on you holiday list you won't find in america. but economists say it's just one
thing. $64 of that $700 so many spend to create jobs for christmas. so, we took that formula down the closest thing to a red sleigh, butt on some andy williams and went back to where made in america started. snow white drive, dallas, texas. hey, it's "world news." we took everything out, not made in america and all that was left? that vase, now we're back. ready for us this time? this time, we came armed with a simple holiday question. for the usrys and families across america. are you in? so you're in? >> we're in. >> reporter: are you in? we're onto something here, we hope, this will spread across the country. by the way, that shopper with his wine, we went and bought one ourselves, unwrapped it, made in america. so, we are -- >> a hero there. as you know, david, we're hoping that all of you will join us in creating a sort of made in america christmas tree online, with wonderful gifts made right here at home.
the e-mails are already pouring in, thank you, thank you. we loved hearing from cassandra in virginia about the turvis tumblers that keep liquids hot or cold, made in america. so, head to abcnews.com/worldnews for others and tell us something you love and then e-mail, facebook, tweet that link along to all of your friends and family so we can keep the christmas tree growing. thank you again, david. and still ahead on "world news," it's not a whodunit, it's a who won it? the strangest lottery mystery ever, who really bought that quarter of a billion dollar ticket? ♪ o danny boy >> do you remember this girl? the girl with the voice of an angel. she's going to battle against a goliath she says nearly ruined her life. ttd# 1-800-345-2550 ttd# 1-800-345-2550 let's talk about the typical financial consultation
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conference with a massive check, saying only a few words. their attorney taking all questions. >> who cashed in the ticket? who noticed that their ticket >> one of the trustees, tim davidson. >> could we talk to that person? >> no, i will be fielding questions. >> reporter: it turns out there may be a reason for their silence and less than enthusiastic behavior. they may not have shelled out a dollar for the winning numbers. sources close to the men tell abc news, tim davidson, that guy on the left, did not purchase the winning ticket like his attorney said. instead, they say, he turned in the ticket in behalf of someone else, the true winner, an anonymous client, whose winnings they'll now manage in a trust. we spent all day trying to contact the trio and their attorney, making calls, knocking on doors. and tonight, a statement, saying they have been literally blessed with a winning hand and that there is no anonymous fourth participant. when we asked their spokesman whether davidson bought the
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